May 13, 2019


#53 – AMA #6: Fasting framework, vitamin supplementation, antioxidants, time management, problem-solving, and more

"Time is the only truly finite resource that we have. It is also the only unifying, equalizing resource. Meaning, no matter how much wealth or smarts or whatever you have, we are all stuck with the same disappearing thing." — Peter Attia

Read Time 17 minutes

In this “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) episode, Peter answers a wide range of questions from readers and podcast listeners. Bob Kaplan, Peter’s head of research, asks the questions. If you’re listening on a podcast player, you’ll be able to hear a preview of the AMA. If you’re a subscriber, you can now listen to this full episode on your private RSS feed. If you are not a subscriber, you can learn more about the subscriber benefits here.

AMA #6 Sneak Peak:

We discuss:

  • Vitamin supplementation: Is it necessary if you eat a balanced diet? [2:00];
  • Antioxidants: What does current science have to say about antioxidants in food and supplements? [9:00];
  • How do you break a fast of more than three days? [17:15];
  • Does a morning black coffee break a fast? In other words, does black coffee raise insulin levels? [22:15];
  • When intermittent fasting, does the placement of the “feeding window” matter? [25:30];
  • Is it better to fast before or after a planned food binge (e.g., Thanksgiving)? [28:30];
  • Fasting protocol: Do you have a specific protocol to recommend? [31:30];
  • Time management: How do you manage your time between work, family, and your many personal interests? [35:45];
  • Problem solving: Can you breakdown your process of problem-solving? [46:45];
  • For those looking to gain a better understanding of biochemistry, pharmacology, etc., do you have any good textbooks or (online) resources to recommend? [49:00];
  • What are some of your favorite podcasts that you listen to? [51:15];
  • What is your favorite animal? [54:45]; and
  • More.


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  1. Peter – Great to hear you listen to Russ Roberts on Econ Talk . Damn good podcast . I have recommended that Russ have you on as a guest .

  2. What podcasts does Peter listen to? I’m guessing, Sam Harris Making Sense, Chris Masterjohn, Knowledge Project (Shane Parrish), Invest Like the Best?

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